Aug 30, 2016

Carlos Sainz faces strong the Italian Grand Prix

The Temple of Speed promises to be a compromised scenario for Toro Rosso

Madrid, August 30th 2016.- Only 48 hours have passed since Carlos Sainz lost the chance to fight for good points at Belgium due to an unlucky puncture, but now the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso is fully focused on the upcoming meeting of the calendar, the Italian Grand Prix, which will take place this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. The fastest track of the Championship is also one of the most historic ones, as nonetheless than 65 Formula One races have been held there since 1950.

Precisely due to its long-straight nature, the Italian weekend promises to be a tough challenge for Toro Rosso and its 2015-spec engine. Carlos and his team will work hard to compensate it, focusing mainly on the set-up of their STR11.

Pirelli will bring three compounds to the event: the medium, the soft and the supersoft. The chosen allocation is the same as last year, including the softer choice for Qualifying. Team Toro Rosso has selected the same number of tyres-sets for its two drivers: two sets of mediums (color white), four softs (yellow) and seven supersofts (Red).

Carlos Sainz knows well the Milanese circuit, as he has competed along its 5.793 meters of tarmac on numerous occasions. He raced there in his Formula BMW days, later with Formula Renault 2.0, Formula 3 Euroseries (two victories), GP3 and World Series by Renault (two Poles and a victory). Last year, on his Monza debut with Formula One, he suffered a grid penalty after changing some engine components. He was forced to start from 17th but recovered to 11th, just outside the points zone.

These are Carlos' first words ahead of the Grand Prix.

"Belgium was a tough weekend for us and Italy should be similar, in theory. Nevertheless, we have worked tirelessly these days to optimize our car and our set-up. Every working hour counts and we will still aim for the 110% performance of our car, even if in the end we don't score a good result. My aim hasn't changed a bit and we will enjoy the 350 kilometers/hour or more that we reach at this historic track".

"Monza is another home Grand Prix of mine, as it's the home of my team, Toro Rosso. It's a very special track, many tifosi there... When you reach the first chicane you can see them, hear them... and even smell them, because there are many barbecues trackside. They're all very passionate! I love the circuit, although it's a shame that the Parabolica has lost a part of its beauty, as its run-off used to be gravel and mistakes were punished, it was difficult to find the limit. Now it’s tarmac and everybody can take it flat-out. It's a shame they did that".

The first Free Practice session for the Italian Grand Prix will commence on Friday, September 2nd, although Carlos' first meeting will be on Thursday 1st as he has been invited to the FIA's Press Conference, which will begin at 15:00. We will offer you his quotes via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.